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AFTERNOON EVERYONE.

I'M MAYOR PRO, TAB

[Call to Order]

AL, AND IT'S TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15TH, 2022.

THE TIME IS 1 0 5 AS WE CONVENE THIS MEETING OF THE AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL.

UM, THIS MEETING IS BEING HELD IN A HYBRID WAY WITH MANY.

HERE ON THE DIAS, WE HAVE COUNCIL MEMBER POOL, COUNCIL MEMBER FUENTES, COUNCIL MEMBER ELLIS, MYSELF AND COUNCIL MEMBER VELA ON THE DIAS AND COUNCIL MEMBER HYPER MADISON, VIRTUALLY.

UM, THE MAYOR IS AWAY ON CITY BUSINESS AND COUNCIL MEMBER KELLY IS, UH, SICK TODAY.

AND THEN WE HAVE COUNCIL MEMBER KITCHEN WHO HAS INDICATED THAT SHE'S COMING LATE.

HOPEFULLY WE'LL SEE OTHER, OTHER COLLEAGUES SHORTLY.

UM, LET ME START BY READING IN THE CHANGES AND CORRECTIONS THIS AFTERNOON FOR ITEMS 2 3 26 27 AND 28TH.

UM, ON NOVEMBER 9TH, IT WAS RECOMMENDED BY THE WATER AND WASTEWATER COMMISSION ON A SEVEN OH VOTE WITH COMMISSIONERS MUSK GROVE AND NAVARRO ABSENT, AND TWO VACANCIES FOR ITEMS SIX.

UM, IT SHOULD READ REGIONAL MOBILITY PROGRAM INSTEAD OF CORRIDOR CONSTRUCTION PROGRAM.

THAT'S FOR THE SPICEWOOD SPRINGS ROAD ART AND PUBLIC PLACES.

PROJECT ITEM 21.

ON NOVEMBER 14TH, IT WAS RECOMMENDED BY THE ELECTRIC UTILITY COMMISSION ON A 6 21 VOTE WITH TWO VACANCIES ITEM, UH, 23, UH, NOVEMBER 14TH WAS RECOMMENDED BY THE EUC ON A NINE OH VOTE WITH TWO VACANCIES.

ITEM 24, UM, NOVEMBER 14TH WAS RECOMMENDED BY THE ELECTRIC UTILITY COMMISSION ON AN 8 0 1 VOTE WITH TWO VACANCIES.

ITEM 24 HAS BEEN WITHDRAWN AND REPLACED WITH ADDENDUM.

ITEM NUMBER 58.

ITEM 28 HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO DECEMBER 1ST, 2022.

ITEM 29 HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO JANUARY 26TH, 2023.

ITEMS 29, 30 AND 32 HAVE A NOVEMBER 9TH RECOMMENDATION BY THE WATER AND WASTEWATER COMMISSION ON A SIX OH VOTE WITH COMMISSIONER PENN RECUSING, COMMISSIONERS MUST GROVE AND NAVARRO ABSENT, AND TWO VACANCIES.

ITEM 32 WAS POSTPONED TO DECEMBER 8TH, AND THEN ITEMS 39 40 AND 42 SHOULD READ CITY CODE SECTION 12 4 64 INSTEAD OF CHAPTER.

AND ITEM 48 IS TO BE TAKEN UP AT 2:00 PM SO WE HAD REVISED OR LATE BACKUP DISTRIBUTED FOR ITEM FOUR, ITEM FIVE, ITEM SIX, ITEM 14, 43, 45, 52, 54, AND 56.

WE HAD, UM, ONE ITEM THAT WAS PULLED ITEM, UM, 62.

AND, AND AS WE, UM, AGREED TO THIS MEETING, WE SUGGESTED THAT ANY PULLED ITEMS WOULD BE POSTPONED.

SO WE HAD A FULL DIAS.

SO, UM, COUNCIL MEMBER TOVA, THAT'S YOUR ITEM.

I ASSUME YOU'D LIKE THAT FOR DECEMBER 1ST.

UH, YES, AND EVERY TIME, IF I COULD JUST MAKE A QUICK COMMENT ABOUT THAT, I THINK THAT'S TOTALLY FINE TO POSTPONE THAT.

UM, ON DECEMBER 1ST, COUNCIL MEMBER KITCHEN AND I HAVE ALSO REQUESTED THAT OUR CITY STAFF PROVIDE US WITH UPDATES ABOUT THOSE FOUR PROPERTIES THAT ARE NOTED IN THAT SAME RESOLUTION.

AND THAT IS THE PROPERTY ON CHACON, THE PROPERTY ON GUADALUPE ONE, TEXAS CENTER, AND THEN THE FOURTH.

AND SO THE CONSIDERATION OF THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION, UM, WILL HAPPEN, UM, IN CONJUNCTION WITH THOSE, YOU KNOW, ON THE SAME, IN THE SAME WEEK IF WE CONSIDER THE, THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION RESOLUTION ON THAT THURSDAY, ON TUESDAY, WE'LL HAVE THE UPDATE ABOUT THE PROPERTIES, ABOUT THE FOUR PROPERTIES, AND I BELIEVE THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION HAS SOME OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA AS WELL.

SO THAT'LL ALL ALIGN.

WELL, THANK YOU.

THAT SOUNDS LIKE A GOOD PLAN.

I JUST WANNA NOTE THAT I THINK, UM, THE CHANGES IN CORRECTIONS SHEET SHOULD BE ITEM 49 THAT NEEDS TO BE TAKEN UP AT TWO, NOT ITEM 48.

SO WE'LL MAKE THAT CORRECTION TO THE LAST VERSION OF THE CHANGES AND CORRECTIONS.

SO OUR CONSENT AGENDA TODAY INCLUDES ITEMS ONE THROUGH 46.

UM, I HAVE ITEM 48 AND IT 58 THROUGH 62 ON MY SHEET ITEMS NOT ON THE CONSENT AGENDA INCLUDE ITEM 47, WHICH IS AN EXECUTIVE SESSION ITEM ON LABOR NEGOTIATIONS, WHICH WE ARE NOT PLANNING TO TAKE UP TO DATE UNLESS REQUESTED.

ITEM 49, WHICH IS A PUBLIC HEARING AND CONSIDERATION OF AN ORDINANCE ADOPTING HISTORIC DESIGN STANDARDS.

UM, THAT ITEM WAS NOTICED FOR 2:00 PM SO WE CANNOT TAKE IT UP UNTIL 2:00 PM OR LATER.

ITEM 50, WHICH IS A PUBLIC HEARING TO RECEIVE PUBLIC COMMENT ON AUSTIN ENERGY'S PROPOSED REVISED ELECTRIC RATES.

ITEM 51, WHICH IS A PRESENTATION BY OUR H P D DEPARTMENT FOR THE 3 11 3 15 SOUTH CONGRESS HOOD.

AND OUR ZONING AGENDA, WHICH IS TIME CERTAIN FOR 2:00 PM TODAY, WHICH WILL INCLUDE ITEMS 52 THROUGH 57 IN ITEM 63.

UM,

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AND AS NOTED ITEM 62 WILL BE POSTPONED TO DECEMBER 1ST.

WE WILL TAKE THAT UP ON THE UM, CONSENT AGENDA.

UM, THIS MORNING WE HAVE 14 SPEAKERS IN CHAMBER, OR THIS AFTERNOON WE HAVE 14 SPEAKERS IN CHAMBERS AND THREE INDIVIDUALS SPEAKING REMOTELY.

UM, THEY WILL EACH HAVE THREE MINUTES OF THESE SPEAKERS, TWO OF THE INDIVIDUALS SPEAKING REMOTELY.

OUR SPEAKING TO US ON THE AE, UM, RATE CASE MATTER.

AND OF THOSE IN THE CHAMBER, 12 OF 14 ARE ONLY SPEAKING ON THE AE RATE MANNER.

SO AS I POSTED ON THE MESSAGE BOARD, I PROPOSE THAT WE HEAR FROM OUR THREE VIRTUAL SPEAKERS.

THAT'S JUST SORT OF THE NATURE OF THE TECHNOLOGY, UM, WHO ARE NOT SPEAKING ON ZONING.

AND THEN WE CAN HEAR FROM OUR SPEAKERS WHO ARE IN PERSON WHO WANNA SPEAK ABOUT THE CONSENT AGENDA, UM, IN OTHER WORDS, ANY ITEM THAT'S NOT AN AE RATE MATTER.

UM, AND THEN WE WILL, UM, HEAR FROM, WE'LL VOTE ON THE CONSENT AGENDA, AND THEN WE CAN HEAR FROM OUR, OUR AE SPEAKERS.

WE'LL GO UNTIL TWO O'CLOCK.

AT TWO O'CLOCK, WE'LL MOVE OVER TO ZONING IF WE HAVE ADDITIONAL AE SPEAKERS AFTER WE FINISH WITH THE ZONING SPEAKERS AND THE ZONING AGENDA AS WELL AS, UM, ITEMS, UH, 49 AND 51.

THEN WE'LL GO BACK TO HEARING FOLKS WHO ARE HERE TO SPEAK ON THE RATE CASE.

AND THEN WE WILL HAVE THE PRESENTATION FROM THE EUC AUSTIN ENERGY AND TIME FOR DISCUSSION.

UM, AND, UM, QUESTIONS FROM COUNSEL, UM, FOR STAFF OR FOR OTHERS IN THE ROOM RELATED TO THE RATE CASE.

UM, THEN WE ARE NOT GOING TO DO THE EXECUTIVE SESSION, UM, FOR THAT.

SO IF THERE ARE ANY QUESTIONS ON THE ORGANIZATION FOR THE DAY, IF THEY'RE NONE, WE WILL MOVE FORWARD WITH THE COUNCIL UMBRELLAS.

NOT A QUESTION, BUT BEFORE WE GOT MOVING WITH SPEAKERS, I JUST WANTED TO FLAG THAT.

ITEM NUMBER 60, UM, IS OUR CIRCLE C TURKEY TROT.

WE STILL HAVE $2,700 WORTH OF FEE WAIVERS THAT COULD BE TAKEN UP BY THE COUNCIL, BUT I APPRECIATE THE ALREADY 1400 THAT'S BEEN WAIVED BY, UM, MYSELF, MAYOR PROTE, ALTAR COUNCIL MEMBER'S, KITCHEN RENTERIA AND F FUENTES, AND LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING EVERYONE AT THE TURKEY TROT ON NOVEMBER 24TH.

THANK YOU.

COUNCIL MEMBER POOL, WOULD YOU LIKE TO ADD TO THAT? DISTRICT SEVEN WILL ADD $250 TO THE TURKEY TROT.

ANYONE ELSE? COUNCIL MEMBER HARPER MADISON, WE'D LIKE TO FOLLOW THE LEAD OF DISTRICT SEVEN.

GREAT.

SO THANK YOU FOR OFFERING THE OPPORTUNITY.

COUNCIL MEMBER ELLIS.

THANK YOU.

SO ANOTHER TWO 50 FROM DISTRICT ONE AS WELL.

GREAT.

THANK YOU EVERYONE.

MI I'M SORRY, I LOST TRACK.

UH, COUNCIL MEMBER LS DO STILL NEED ADDITIONAL FUNDS AFTER THE, UM, SO I'LL, MY OFFICE CAN CONTRIBUTE TWO 50 AS WELL.

THANK YOU.

THANKS.

AND, UM, MAYOR EM, YES, SORRY TO BACKTRACK US HERE, BUT I WOULD ASK, I'M NOT SURE WHO PULLED THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION, BUT I WOULD JUST ASK IF THERE ARE QUESTIONS, UM, IF FOLKS COULD PUT THEM ON THE, ON THE COUNCIL MESSAGE BOARD, THAT WAY WE CAN BE EFFICIENT.

UM, ON THE FIRST IT WAS COUNCIL MEMBER POOL, UM, SO COUNCIL MEMBER POOL, IF YOU COULD, UM, THINK ABOUT POSTING YOUR QUESTION THAT WOULD, SINCE WE HAVE A LITTLE MORE TIME, I'LL, I'LL EVEN PUT 'EM INTO THE Q AND A.

OKAY.

UM, AND THEN WHILE WE HAVE SPEAKERS, UM, CITY ATTORNEY, IF YOU COULD JUST CONFIRM THAT WE CAN TAKE UP 48 WITH THE CONSENTED AGENDA IF YOU CAN HAVE THE PUBLIC HEARING.

OKAY.

NOELLA, I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO CONTRIBUTE TO 50 TO THE COUNCIL MEMBER ELSE IN THE TURKEY TRIAL.

OKAY.

SO WE ARE GONNA MOVE TO SPEAKERS.

[ Public Comment ]

WE HAVE, UM, WE'RE GONNA MAKE ONE ADJUSTMENT TO THE ITEMS THAT ARE ON OUR AGENDA FOR CONSENT.

WE'RE GONNA DO ONE THROUGH 46 AND THEN 58 THROUGH 62.

UM, AND, UH, FOR 48, UM, WE'LL HAVE THE HEARING WITH THE SPEAKERS, BUT WE'LL CLOSE THAT HEARING AFTER CONSENT.

GREAT, THANK YOU.

IF THE CLERK WOULD LIKE TO, TO CALL OUR REMOTE SPEAKERS, PLEASE.

AND THEN WE'LL EACH HAVE THREE MINUTES.

FIRST SPEAKER IS ZNO JOSEPH ON ITEM 40, 41, 42 AND 48 MAY APPROACH HIM.

UH, THIS ISNO JOSEPH.

THANK YOU, COUNSEL, I AM A LITTLE CONFUSED ABOUT THE ITEM 48.

DOES THAT NEED TO BE TAKEN UP BY ITSELF? I'M SORRY, ZNO, I COULDN'T HEAR WHAT YOU SAID.

IF YOU COULD REPEAT IT PLEASE.

WASN'T CLEAR IN THE CERTAINLY

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I'M JUST ASKING ABOUT ITEM 48.

IS THAT AN ITEM BEING TAKEN UP BY ITSELF? UM, YOU CAN GO AHEAD AND SPEAK NOW.

WE'RE TAKING ALL OF THE SPEAKERS NOW.

UM, IT WILL COME UP RIGHT AFTER, UM, WE DO CONSENT IN TERMS OF THE VOTE, BUT IN TERMS OF SPEAKING, YOU CAN SPEAK TO 48 RIGHT NOW, PLEASE.

THANK YOU.

OKAY, THANK YOU.

I APPRECIATE YOU CLARIFYING.

UM, SO I WANTED TO SPEAK IN OPPOSITION TO ITEM 48.

THAT'S WHERE YOU'RE ACTUALLY AMENDING, UH, TITLE 25 OF THE CITY CODE.

SPECIFICALLY IT'S THE PROJECT CONNECT TRANSIT, UH, PROJECTS.

AND I JUST WANTED TO CALL TO YOUR ATTENTION THAT ON PART ONE OF THE DRAFT ORDINANCE, IT SAYS, PROJECT CONNECT IS THE CITY'S HIGH CAPACITY TRANSIT SYSTEM EXPANSION, WHICH WILL ULTIMATELY CONSIST OF A LIGHT RAIL NETWORK AND EXPANDED BUS SYSTEM.

AND WHEN I TESTIFIED BEFORE THE ZONING AND PLATTING COMMISSION ON OCTOBER 18TH, 2022, I ASKED HIM TO INCLUDE BUS SYSTEM EXPANSION IN SOUTHWEST AND CENTRAL AUSTIN BECAUSE IT IS NOT BEING EXPANDED IN NORTHEAST AUSTIN.

THE JUSTIFICATION OR THE PROOF THAT SHOWS THAT IT'S NOT BEING EXPANDED IS TWOFOLD.

NOVEMBER 3RD, 2017, THERE'S A AUSTIN CHRONICLE ARTICLE BY JACK KRAVER AND IT QUOTES CAPITAL METRO AS SAYING SUPPORTERS OF THE PLAN, INCLUDING CAP METRO ITSELF, ACKNOWLEDGE THAT EVERY POLICY HAS CERTAIN CASUALTIES.

SO PROJECT MANAGER LAWRENCE DIETER ACTUALLY ACKNOWLEDGED THAT THERE'S THE ONCE AN HOUR COLONY PARK BUS THAT SERVES AFRICAN AMERICANS AND THAT THE SYSTEM IN NORTHEAST AUSTIN, THERE'S A MAP IN THAT ARTICLE THAT SHOWS THAT NORTHEAST WEST CONNECTIVITY WAS ELIMINATED.

SO I JUST THINK IT'S DISINGENUOUS FOR YOU TO KEEP SAYING THAT THERE'S EXPANDED SERVICE THROUGHOUT THE CITY.

JUST AT NORTHEAST AUSTIN.

AS YOU MAY BE AWARE, IN THE GEORGIAN ACRES AREA, THERE WAS THE MOBILITY HUB OPENING FOR THE TRANSIT DESERT.

I JUST WANNA CALL TO YOUR ATTENTION THAT THE MILLION DOLLARS THAT THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN RECEIVED FOR THAT MOBILITY HUB IS ACTUALLY GOVERNED BY FEDERAL DOLLARS.

SO THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION, THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, THERE ARE A NUMBER OF HOMELAND SECURITY, A NUMBER OF AGENCIES, AND ALL OF THEM HAVE TITLE SIX, UH, COMPLAINT PROCESSES.

AND SO I JUST WANT YOU TO RECOGNIZE THAT WE LIVE NORTH OF US 180 3 AND THE TRANSIT DESERT EXISTS, AND THE ORDINANCE SHOULD REFLECT THE ACCURACY OF WHAT IS ON THE GROUND AS IT RELATES TO THE OTHER ITEMS THAT I LISTED.

40, 41 AND 42.

THOSE ARE JUST THE SPEED LIMIT ADJUSTMENTS FROM THE AUSTIN TRANSIT DEPARTMENT.

AND MY NEUTRALITY OF THIS IS THAT I GET THAT YOU NEED TO, UM, MAKE THESE CHANGES.

HOWEVER, I JUST WANNA CALL TO YOUR ATTENTION, THE TRANSIT DESERT SPECIFICALLY, THERE'S A REDUCTION OF SPEED FROM 50 MILES PER HOUR TO 40 ON, UH, DESSA ROAD IN BETWEEN PALMER LANE AND BREAKER.

THAT'S THE ONLY AREA WHERE ROUTE 3 92 PASSES AND IT'S A THREE MILE WALK TO SAMSUNG.

SO THERE NEEDS TO BE PEDESTRIAN HYBRID DEACONS PRIORITIZED IN THAT AREA BECAUSE IT'S AT LEAST A MILE BETWEEN THE LIGHTS.

AND SO I JUST WANTED TO CALL TO THAT, TO YOUR ATTENTION, THAT AS WELL AS HARRIS BRANCH, WHICH IS, UH, 41 AND 42, IT'S HOWARD LANE.

SO ALL THESE AREAS ARE 24 TO 30 YEARS ACCORDING TO THE MARCH, UH, NINTH, 2020 PROJECT CONNECT PLAN.

AND ON PAGE 29, AND I JUST WANT YOU TO RECOGNIZE THAT I GET A COUNCIL MEMBER, NOT TASHA HARPER MADISON IN 2019 CALLED THE THIS AREA.

THANK YOU SPEAKER.

YOUR TIME HAS EXPIRED, BUT WE PAY TAXES TOO.

AND IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, I'LL GLADLY ANSWER THEM AT THIS TIME.

AND THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ME TO MAKE MY COMMENTS.

NEXT SPEAKER IS SCOTT DELGADO ON ITEM 50 .

HI, I'M SPEAKING ON THE, THE AUSTIN ENERGY PROPOSED RATE.

IS NOW THE RIGHT TIME? YES, PLEASE PROCEED.

OKAY.

MY NAME'S SCOTT DELGADO.

UM, AND I LIVE IN DISTRICT SEVEN.

AND SO I WAS JUST CALLING IN TODAY, UH, TO, UH, TALK ABOUT AUSTIN ENERGY'S PROPOSED, UH, RATE INCREASE, UM, SPECIFICALLY, UM, THE TIER LEVELS AND THEN ALSO THE BASE RATE.

AND THAT I JUST WANTED TO DISCUSS HOW, UM, UH, DEVASTATING THAT WOULD BE TO BOTH ME AND A LOT OF PEOPLE IN MY APARTMENT COMPLEX WITH HOW MUCH, UH, RENTS HAVE BEEN RAISED, HOW MUCH INFLATION HAS INCREASED.

THIS, UH, THIS HUGE RATE INCREASE FOR ENERGY WOULD INCREASE BILL BY ALMOST 70% GOING UP TO $150, WHICH IS NOT SOMETHING I CAN CONSISTENTLY AFFORD.

UM, THERE HAVE BEEN OTHER RECOMMENDATIONS

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THAT, UM, THE RATE INCREASES MAYBE ONLY $2 OR KEEPING THE, THE TIERED LEVELS.

UM, SO I JUST WANTED TO MAKE MY OPINION HEARD THAT THIS, THIS LARGE RATE INCREASE WOULD BE DEVASTATING FOR ME AND MY COMMUNITY.

THAT'S IT.

NEXT SPEAKER IS DAVID REISER ON ITEM 50.

DAVID REISER, PLEASE UNMUTE.

HELLO? YES, GO AHEAD.

YES, I'M HERE.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

UM, I'M SPEAKING ON, UH, AS IN CONNECTION WITH THE AUSTIN ENERGY RATE CASE AND I'M REPRESENTING HF.

UH, HF IS AN ACRONYM FOR HOMEOWNER UNITED FOR RATE FAIRNESS.

IT'S A NONPROFIT REPRESENTING RESIDENTS AND COMMERCIAL RATE PAYERS THAT LIVE OUTSIDE THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

IT WAS ORIGINALLY FORMED IN 2012 TO ADDRESS CITY OF AUSTIN'S RATE ORDINANCE.

AT THAT TIME, HF WAS REFORMED IN 2022 TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS PARTICULAR RATE MAKING PROCEEDING WITH ITS PRINCIPLE PURPOSE BEING TO PROTECT THE FUNDAMENTALS.

THE SETTLEMENT REACHED IN THE 2012 APPEAL TO THE PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION.

HERS POSITION IS BASED ON THE SETTLEMENT IN POC DOCKET 4 0 6 27.

IN 2013, THE PUBLIC UTILITY COMMISSION APPROVED A SETTLEMENT RELATIVE TO THE RATES WITHIN THE CITY AND THE REVENUE REQUIREMENT TO BE CHARGED TO AUSTIN ENERGY CUSTOMERS OUTSIDE THE CITY.

THE SETTLEMENT ESTABLISHED AN OUT OF THE CITY CUSTOMER THAT THEY RECEIVE NO BENEFIT FROM THE GENERAL FUND TRANSFER PORTION OF AUSTIN ENERGY RATES AND SHOULD THEREFORE BE REMOVED FROM THEIR COST OF SERVICE.

THIS 2013 SETTLEMENT WAS REAFFIRMED IN 2016 IN THE RATE REVIEW AND ITS CURRENT PUBLIC POLICY ENFORCE TODAY.

HER ASSERTS THAT FOR THE REASONS THAT THIS AGREEMENT HAS NOT FUNDAMENTALLY CHANGED AND IT SHOULD THEREFORE REMAIN IN EFFECT, THE DISCOUNT IS AND WAS BASED ON PUBLIC POLICY, NOT ON COST SERVICE.

I ASSERTS THAT THE SIMILAR REDUCTION MUST BE IN CORONATED INTO THE NEW RATE PROPOSAL FOR THE SAME REASONS AS PREVIOUSLY LITIGATED I REQUESTS OF REDUCTION IN ITS PROPORTIONATE SHARE OF THE TRANS GENERAL FUND TRANSFER TO THE CITY, WHICH TOTALS 121 MILLION DUE THE CITY'S NEW PROPOSED RATE STRUCTURE.

HERS PROPOSED REMEDY IS TO DELETE THE ALLOCATED EXPENSES FOR GENERAL FUND TRANSFER REPRESENTING ALLOCATIONS TO PRODUCTION, TRANSMISSION DISTRIBUTION, AND CUSTOMER FUNCTIONS RESPECTIVELY.

HF ALSO REQUESTS THAT IT, THE ASSOCIATED RATE REDUCTIONS DUE TO REDUCED REVENUE ACQUIRED REQUIREMENTS APPLIED TO BY OTHER CUSTOMERS, BE APPLIED EQUALLY SO THAT THESE BENEFITS ARE FULLY RECOGNIZED.

IT IS NOTABLE THAT AUSTIN ENERGY HAS LARGELY DISMISSED HERF POSITION THROUGHOUT THE RATE PROCEEDINGS AND IS INSTEAD RELIED ON HF NEEDING TO PROVE A FALSE NEGATIVE.

NAMELY SUGGESTING THAT HF HAS NOT PROVIDED EVIDENCE THAT THE CUSTOMERS OUTSIDE THE CITY THAT THEY DO NOT RECEIVE CITY SERVICES.

AUSTIN ENERGIES OR CITY COUNCIL'S INDEPENDENT HEARING EXAMINER ADDRESS THIS POSITION DIRECTLY AND INDICATED THAT THE BURDEN OF PROOF ON THE OUTSIDE THE CITY RESIDENTS BENEFITS FOR CITY SERVICE IS SQUARELY YOUR TIME HAS EXPIRED.

LASTLY, HER REQUEST THE RATE REDUCTION BE IS REQUESTING THE RATE, BELIEVES THE RATE REDUCTION IS EASILY JUSTIFIABLE.

THANK YOU.

ON TIME IS EXPIRED.

CITY SERVICES GO AHEAD.

THAT CONCLUDES ALL THE VIRTUAL SPEAKERS.

THANK YOU.

SO WE'LL NOW TAKE UP THOSE SPEAKERS WHO ARE SPEAKING, UM, ON OUR AGENDA IT AND I THINK THERE MAY BE ONE PERSON WHO'S SPEAKING ON THE RATE CASE AND AN AGENDA ITEM.

SO BE APPROPRIATE FOR THEM TO SPEAK NOW AS WELL.

THEY WILL EACH HAVE THREE MINUTES.

PAUL ROBBINS ON ITEM 46 AND 50 ON DECK.

OH, AND THAT IS THE ONLY ONE WITH 42 ITEMS. MR. ROBBINS, IS HE HERE? OKAY.

I DON'T, I DON'T SEE

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HIM.

SO WE'LL SEE IF HE'S BACK LATER WHEN WE WHEN WE SPEAK.

HE'S GO ON.

THERE ARE OTHERS.

NO, UM, ALL THE OTHERS.

LET'S SEE.

BILL MCCARLEY ON ITEM 48.

THANK YOU MADAME PROTE, MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL.

MY NAME IS BILL MCKINLEY, I'M THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF TRANSIT FORWARD.

WE ARE AN AUSTIN BASED 5 0 1 C WITH THE MISSION OF DOING EDUCATION AND ENGAGEMENT REGARDING OUR TRANSIT SYSTEM WITH A REAL FOCUS ON PROJECT CONNECT.

AND OUR BOARD HAS TAKEN AN OFFICIAL STATEMENT REGARDING ITEM 48 IN SUPPORT AND I'D LIKE TO READ THAT TO YOU RIGHT NOW.

OUR FELLOW AUSTINITE VOTED OVERWHELMINGLY IN FAVOR OF PROJECT CONNECT IN 2020.

BECAUSE OF THE BENEFITS IT WILL BRING OUR COMMUNITY, INCLUDING REDUCED TRAFFIC CONGESTION, MORE AFFORDABLE TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS, INCREASED JOB GROWTH, LESS GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS, AND SAFER STREETS.

THEREFORE, TRANSIT FORWARD.

SINCERELY APPRECIATES THE CITY'S PROJECT CONNECT OFFICE FOR PROPOSING THESE FOUNDATIONAL MODIFICATIONS.

AND WE STRONGLY BELIEVE THAT THESE CHANGES WOULD PRUDENTLY AND APPROPRIATELY EXPEDITE THE CONSTRUCTION OF LIGHT RAIL AND METRO RAPID BUS LINES, MAKING SURE OUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS GET WHAT THEY VOTED FOR SOONER RATHER THAN LATER.

AND MADAME PROTE AND THE REST OF THE COUNCIL, I DID PASS A LETTER ON FRIDAY TO YOUR OFFICES WITH 27 ALLIED ORGANIZATIONS ALL IN FAVOR OF THIS PROPOSAL.

WE APPRECIATE IT BEING ON CONSENT.

WE APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT MOVING FORWARD.

AND MADAME, THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

THAT CONCLUDES ALL THE SPEAKERS.

GREAT, THANK YOU.

UM, BEFORE WE ENTERTAIN A MOTION FOR THE CONSENT AGENDA, I BELIEVE WE HAVE A PRESENTATION FROM LAW ON SOME SETTLEMENT ITEMS. GOOD AFTERNOON, MAYOR PROTE AND COUNSEL.

I'M MEGAN RILEY ON BEHALF OF THE LAW DEPARTMENT AND HERE ON BEHALF OF OUR OUTSIDE COUNSEL REPRESENTING US IN SEVERAL PROTEST CASES.

I COME TO SPEAK TO YOU ON ITEMS NUMBER 34 35 AND 59.

THOSE THREE ARE SETTLEMENTS RELATED TO THE MAY, 2020 PROTESTS FOR ITEM NUMBER 34.

IT INVOLVES A LAWSUIT BROUGHT BY TAYLOR ELLIS, UH, INVOLVING AN INCIDENT THAT OCCURRED ON MAY 31ST, AND WE RECOMMEND A SEDIMENT IN THE AMOUNT OF $162,000 500 ON ITEM NUMBER 35.

THAT INVOLVES A LAWSUIT, UH, UM, BROUGHT BY CSR FUENTES, UH, INVOLVING A MAY 30TH, 2020 INCIDENT.

UH, AND WE RECOMMEND A SETTLEMENT IN THE AMOUNT OF ONE 62,500 FOR ITEM NUMBER, UH, 59 THAT IS RELATED TO A LAWSUIT BROUGHT BY MEREDITH WILLIAMS. UH, AND, UH, WE RECOMMEND A SETTLEMENT IN THE AMOUNT OF $400,000 BASED ON A MAY 30TH, 2020 INCIDENT.

THANK YOU.

ARE THERE ANY QUESTIONS FOR LAW? THANK YOU.

IF WE CAN ENTER THOSE IN THE RECORD FOR THOSE ITEMS. COUNCIL MEMBER POOL.

UM, I DO WANNA STATE WHAT THE NUMBERS ARE FIRST.

UM, SO WE ARE GOING

[Consent Agenda]

TO TAKE UP OUR CONSENT AGENDA, WHICH IS ITEMS ONE THROUGH 46 AND ITEMS 58 THROUGH 62.

WE WILL TAKE UP 48 JUST AFTER THE CONSENT AGENDA JUST TO KEEP THINGS CLEAN.

UH, COUNCIL MEMBER POOL MAKES A MOTION.

DO I HAVE A SECOND? COUNCIL MEMBER ELLIS SECONDS.

ARE THERE ANY COMMENTS ON THE CONSENT AGENDA? COUNCIL MEMBER FUENTES, YOU MAY PRETEND I HAVE A, A QUICK, I GUESS, FRIENDLY AMENDMENT OR A DIRECTION TO OFFER ON ITEM 31.

THIS IS A CONTRACT RENEWAL FOR THE MOTOROLA SOFTWARE SERVICES.

UM, THIS IS PAIRED WITH ANOTHER ITEM WE HAVE ON THE AGENDA, WHICH IS AROUND THE THREE 11 APP THAT I'M BRINGING FORWARD IN THAT IFC, WHICH IS THE VERSION THREE, WHICH INCORPORATES COUNCILMAN B KELLY'S AMENDMENT, WHICH SHE POSTED ABOUT ON THE MESSAGE BOARD.

UM, WE ARE DIRECTING CERTAIN UPGRADES AND, AND TWEAKS TO THE THREE 11 APP, AND I JUST DON'T WANT US TO GET INTO A FIVE YEAR CONTRACT WITH MOTOROLA IF THEY'RE NOT ABLE TO DELIVER ON THOSE TYPES OF SERVICES.

SO WHAT I'M SEEKING TO DO FOR ITEM NUMBER 31 IS CHANGE IT FROM A FIVE YEAR CONTRACT, UH, AGREEMENT TO A ONE YEAR INSTEAD.

AND THEN IF STAFF DEEMS THAT MOTOROLA IS UNABLE TO FULFILL THE DIRECTION SET FORTH IN ITEM NUMBER 45, UH, THAT WE THEN PURSUE OTHER OPTIONS.

IS STAFF COMFORTABLE WITH THIS DIRECTION OR WOULD YOU PREFER A NEGOTIATE AND NOT EXECUTE? OR WHAT WOULD, OR WOULD YOU LIKE US TO GIVE ME TWO SECONDS TO CONFIRM, BUT IT SHOULD BE FINE.

THERE'S OTHER COMMENTS.

OKAY.

ARE THERE OTHER COMMENTS ON THE CONSENT AGENDA? IF THERE ARE NO OTHER COMMENTS, WHY DON'T WE JUST PULL 31 FOR A MINUTE AND WE CAN COME BACK TO THAT AFTER WE DO 48 AND

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SEE IF WE CAN GET IS 31 CORRECT? UM, LET'S PULL THAT FOR NOW.

OKAY.

SO I HAVE A FIRST AND A SECOND MOTION.

ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF THE CONSENT AGENDA.

OKAY, THAT'S UNANIMOUS ON THE DIAS 90 WITH COUNCIL MEMBER KELLY AND MAYOR ADLER ABSENT.

OKAY, WE WILL NOW TAKE UP

[48. Conduct a public hearing and consider an ordinance amending City Code Title 25 and Chapter 9-2 to allow construction ofeertain transit system projects and related transportation infrastructure. Strategic Outcomers): Mobility.]

ITEM 48.

UM, DO I HAVE A MOTION TO CLOSE THE PUBLIC HEARING AND MAY PASSAGE COUNCIL MEMBER KITCHEN MAKES THAT MOTION SECONDED BY COUNCIL MEMBER VELA, ARE THERE ANY COMMENTS ON ITEM 48? COUNCIL MEMBER ELLIS? A QUESTION, UH, WHICH RECOMMENDATIONS WOULD BE INCLUDED IN THAT BASE MOTION? UM, ITEM 48 IS A ITEM FROM STAFF RELATED TO THE CHANGES TO THE CITY CODE FOR, UM, PROJECT CONNECT.

THEY'RE MOSTLY SITE DEVELOPMENT OR THEY'RE, THEY'RE, UM, MOSTLY SITE PLAN RELATED AND FISCAL SURETY.

THOSE, ALL THOSE RECOMMENDATIONS THAT WERE IN THE BACKUP ZAP WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK TO IT.

THEY CAN FOR ENVIRONMENTAL AND ZAP, I KNOW WE WERE JUST STILL REVIEWING THE ZONING AND PLATTING RECOMMENDATIONS, SO WASN'T SURE IF THE BASE MOTION HAD ALL OF THOSE INCLUDED.

UM, THE BASE, HELLO, I'M DONNA GALATI WITH THE CITY'S PROJECT CONNECT OFFICE.

THE, UM, THE MOTION WOULD JUST BE FOR THE ORDINANCE.

UH, PRIMARILY A LOT OF THE, THE MOTIONS, A LOT OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS BY ZAP AND ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION WERE, UM, BROADER TOWARDS THE PROGRAM AND WE HAVE, UH, FORWARDED THOSE TO STAFF IN, IN OUR PARTNER DEPARTMENTS, UM, HOUSING AND PLANNING DEPARTMENT, FOR EXAMPLE.

UM, BUT NONE OF THOSE WERE, WERE SPECIFIC CHANGES TO THE ORDINANCE.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

THANK YOU FOR CLARIFYING.

WE CAN MOVE FORWARD.

OKAY.

ANY OTHER QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS? HOW'S MY KITCHEN? UM, I JUST WANNA THANK OUR STAFF AS WELL AS, UM, I THINK AS I SEE BILL STILL HERE.

BILL MCKINLEY, THANK YOU FOR THE WORK THAT YOU ARE DOING WITH ALL OF THE, UH, GROUPS IN THE COMMUNITY.

UM, WE'RE MAKING A LOT OF GREAT PROGRESS ON THIS, SO, UH, THANK YOU FOR BRINGING THIS TO US TODAY.

GREAT.

UM, WITH THAT WE'LL TAKE A, WE'LL TAKE A VOTE.

ALL THOSE IN FAVOR? OKAY.

SO, UH, COUNCIL MEMBER HARPER MADISON, ARE YOU VOTING? OKAY, WE HAVE 1 5, 2, 3.

SO WE HAVE EIGHT, UM, EIGHT OF US VOTING COUNCIL MEMBER HARPER MADISON OFF THE DIAS MAYOR ADLER AND COUNCIL MEMBER KELLY, ABSENT THAT PASSES.

THANK YOU.

UM, WE CAN TAKE UP 31 IF WE HAVE AN ANSWER.

MAY I PUT IF I MAY I, I I'M ON THE DS.

I'M SORRY, JUST TO, UH, IT WAS A FINGERS PROBLEM, BUT I'M HERE.

I VOTED AFFIRMATIVE.

OKAY.

DO I NEED TO REDO THE VOTE? JUST REDO.

OKAY, I'M JUST GONNA REDO.

WELL, COUNCIL MEMBER IS.

OKAY.

SO WE'RE GONNA READ YOU, UM, THE CONSENT VOTE, UM, OR THE 48 IS A 48 VOTE.

UM, SO THAT COUNCIL MEMBER HARPER MADISON CAN PARTICIPATE.

ALL THOSE IN FAVOR AGAIN OF ITEM 48, PLEASE.

OKAY.

THAT IS NINE OF US WITH TWO OF US OFF THE DIAS AS NOTED BEFORE.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

NO PROBLEM.

UM, SO IF WE'RE NOT READY ON 31, THEN WE WILL MOVE TO THE AE

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RATE SPEAKERS THAT ARE IN PERSON, PLEASE.

AND THEY EACH HAVE THREE MINUTES.

THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR BEING WITH US TODAY.

THAT'S PAUL ROBBINS ON DECK IS CHRIS HUGHES.

CHRIS HUGHES ON DECK IS TREY SALINAS.

THANK YOU.

COUNCIL MEMBERS.

UH, SOME OF YOU MAY RECALL, UM, MY NAME IS CHRIS HUGHES.

I WOULD REPRESENT NXP SEMICONDUCTORS, WHO'S, AND WE HAVE PARTICIPATED FULLY IN THIS RATE REVIEW PROCESS, AND I WON'T TAKE UP MUCH TIME.

I JUST WANTED TO MAKE A COUPLE OF POINTS AND FOLLOW UP ON SOME, WE'VE HAD DISCUSSIONS LAST NIGHT AT THE EUC WITH, REGARDING SOME OF THIS STUFF REGARDING SOME OF THIS STUFF AS WELL.

BUT IF YOU REMEMBER LAST WEEK I DISCUSSED HOW THE PUBLIC UTILITY COMMISSION, OBVIOUS OF TEXAS, UM, OFTENTIMES DEVIATES FROM THE REVENUE REQUIREMENT REQUESTS MADE BY UTILITIES.

UM, IN FACT, THEY ARE OFTENTIMES CONSIDERABLY, WHAT THEY ULTIMATELY END UP GETTING IS OFTENTIMES CONSIDERABLY LOWER THAN WHAT THEY ORIGINALLY REQUEST.

BUT I WANTED TO ALSO, IN FOLLOWING UP ON THAT PART IS, UM, LET

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YOU KNOW THAT THE INDEPENDENT HEARING EXAMINER HAS ISSUED A RECOMMENDATION IN THIS CASE AT THE PUC.

THAT WOULD BE THE ALG J REPRESENTING AN AN ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGE MAKING A PROPOSAL FOR DECISION.

UM, IT IS COMMON IN THAT PROCESS FOR THE COMMISSION TO ACCEPT, TO ALTER, TO REJECT PORTIONS OF THAT PROPOSED DECISION AND COME UP WITH PROVISIONS OF THEIR OWN.

AND I BELIEVE THAT, UH, PERHAPS IN THIS PARTICULAR CASE HAD THE I RECOMMENDATION GONE TO THE PUBLIC UTILITY COMMISSION AS AN ALJ PFD, UM, THERE ARE PROBABLY CERTAIN AREAS WHERE THE, THE COMMISSION WOULD'VE ACTUALLY MADE REVISIONS OR DEVIATED, UM, WHERE THEY MAY BELIEVE THAT CERTAIN GENERALLY ACCEPTED RATE MAKING PRINCIPLES WERE NOT FOLLOWED OR WERE MAYBE NOT FOLLOWED COMPLETELY.

SO I JUST WANNA POINT OUT THAT ALL OF THIS PROCESS, THERE'S A LOT OF, UH, SUBJECTIVITY TO IT.

SO, UM, I JUST WOULD ENCOURAGE YOU ALL TO, TO TAKE THAT INTO ACCOUNT.

IN ADDITION TO THAT, IN THE LAST AUSTIN ENERGY RATE CASE, THE AFTER THE PARTIES HAD FILED EXCEPTIONS TO THE FINAL RECOMMENDATIONS OR THE FINAL BRIEFS, UM, THE A THE IE IN THAT CASE REC ISSUED A FINAL RECOMMENDATION THAT DID NOT OCCUR HERE.

SO I DON'T KNOW, UH, WHAT THE PROCESS IS FOR THE COUNCIL MEMBERS TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION THE PARTY'S EXCEPTIONS, BUT, UH, I WOULD ENCOURAGE YOU TO LOOK AT THOSE EXCEPTIONS AS WELL.

UM, THAT WERE FILED AFTER THE, AFTER AUSTIN ENERGY'S BRIEF.

UM, I DO WANNA FINISH UP BY SAYING, UM, SETTLEMENT DISCUSSIONS IN THIS CASE, UH, HAVE TOOK COME OFF OF HIATUS AND WE HAVE RESUMED THOSE DISCUSSIONS AND, UH, THEY'RE, THEY SEEM TO BE POSITIVE RIGHT NOW.

HOPEFULLY THEY WILL CONTINUE.

I THINK THE, UM, A LOT OF THE PARTIES ARE, UH, ANXIOUS TO MAKE THAT WORK, AND I WOULD ENCOURAGE THE COUNCIL TO ALLOW THAT PROCESS TO WORK OUT, TO WORK ITS WAY TO FINAL CONCLUSION, EVEN IF THAT MEANS, UH, DELAYING THIS PROCESS BY A WEEK OR SO.

SO THAT'S ALL I'VE GOT TO SAY.

THANK YOU, MAYOR.

PRETEND I HAVE A QUICK QUESTION FOR THE SPEAKER IF I YES.

COUNCIL MEMBER.

I JUST WANTED TO, UM, AFFIRM, WHEN YOU SPEAK OF THE IMPARTIAL HEARING EXAMINER, THAT PERSON IS EFFECTIVELY ACTING IN A JUDICIAL CAPACITY.

IS THAT CORRECT? IN THIS PARTICULAR CASE, THAT PERSON IS ACTING AS IN THE, WITH REGARDS TO THE PUC PROCESS, WOULD BE THE ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGE.

SO, YEAH.

SO MY QUESTION IS THAT PERSON IS ACTING IN THE ROLE OF A JUDGE, QUASI-JUDICIAL MA ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGE.

YES.

RIGHT.

AND, AND YOU ARE ACTING IN THE ROLE OF AN ADVOCATE, AN ADVOCATE FOR THE PARTY THAT YOU ARE REPRESENTING.

CORRECT.

AND, AND YOU TAKE ISSUE WITH THE DETERMINATION OF THE IMPARTIAL HEARING EXAMINER, WHO IS THE JUDICIAL ACT IN THIS? WE DID, AND MANY OF THE PARTIES DID, AND THAT WAS WHAT WAS IN OUR EXCEPTIONS.

GREAT.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

THAT'S WHAT I WANTED TO CONFIRM.

THANK YOU.

NEXT SPEAKER, TRACE SALINAS ON DECK IS BEN HALLMARK.

GOOD AFTERNOON, CITY COUNCIL.

THANKS FOR YOUR TIME THIS AFTERNOON.

MY NAME IS TRACE SALINAS.

I'M HERE REPRESENTING THE COALITION FOR CLEAN, AFFORDABLE, AND RELIABLE ENERGY, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS CCARE THAT CONSTITUTES YOUR LARGE COMMERCIAL INDUSTRIAL CUSTOMERS ALONG WITH SCHOOL DISTRICTS, HOSPITALS.

UM, WE HAVE REENTERED IN TWO SETTLEMENT DISCUSSIONS.

THAT'S YOUR ENCOURAGEMENT WE MET YESTERDAY, AND WE WILL CONTINUE THOSE DISCUSSIONS.

WE STILL CONTINUE TO THINK THAT THE JOINT CONSUMER ALTERNATIVE IS AN EFFECTIVE COMPROMISE BETWEEN RESIDENTIAL, ENVIRONMENTAL, AND INDUSTRIAL PARTICIPANTS.

THE BASE RATE MODEL WOULD HELP BRING CUSTOMER CLASSES TO THEIR COST OF SERVICE, UH, ACCORDING TO THE LATEST BUDGET TO TALK ABOUT THE GENERAL FUND TRANSFER, AGAIN, TOTAL UTILITY TRANSFER REVENUE IS PROJECTED TO GROW AT AN ANNUAL GROWTH RATE OF 3.4%.

IF YOU WILL FREEZE THE GENERAL FUND TRANSFER LIKE YOU HAVE DONE IN THE PAST.

WHEN YOUR RESERVES ARE IN TROUBLE, THOSE SAVINGS CAN BE CA PASSED ONTO THE RATE PAYER.

AS A REMINDER, YOU JUST HAD TO TAKE A VERY PAINFUL VOTE, AND I HAD TO ASK YOU TO VOTE FOR IT ON THE PSA ADJUSTMENT.

UM, THAT WAS FOR YOUR LARGE INDUSTRIALS, THAT WAS A 30% INCREASE TO THE OVERALL BILL THAT IS UNBUDGETED MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF DOLLARS.

COMPOUND THAT WITH WHAT'S BEING REQUESTED IN THE RIGHT CASE, WE RUN THE RISK OF PRICING OUR RESIDENTS, OUR BUSINESSES OUT.

AS A REMINDER, THE PSA WAS ALSO A 15% INCREASE ON RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMERS.

SO I WANT, I JUST ASKED THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL TO REMEMBER THAT AS YOU GO INTO DELIBERATIONS.

UM, PIGGYBACKING

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WHAT MR. HUGHES SAID, WE WANNA GET TO A SETTLEMENT.

WE WANNA WORK WITH YOUR STAFF TO GET TO A SETTLEMENT.

IF THAT MEANS IT TAKES AN EXTRA WEEK, IT TAKES AN EXTRA WEEK.

I'M NOT CALLING FOR AN EXTRA WEEK, JUST DON'T THINK OF DECEMBER ONE AS THE ULTIMATE, ULTIMATE DEADLINE.

YOU ARE THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR AUSTIN ENERGY, WHICH MEANS YOU ARE THE PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION.

IN THIS SITUATION, WE'RE ASKING YOU TO ENGAGE AND TO ASK TOUGH QUESTIONS, AS CHRIS SAID BEFORE.

ALSO REMEMBER, IT IS VERY COMMON PRACTICE FOR PUC COMMISSIONERS TO TAKE PARTS OF WHAT THE INDEPENDENT HEARING EXAMINER RECOMMENDS.

THEY DON'T TAKE ALL OF THEM, THEY TAKE PARTS OF THEM OFTEN.

I JUST WANNA REMIND YOU THAT AS YOU GO INTO DELIBERATIONS, AGAIN, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME THIS AFTERNOON.

BEN HALLMARK ON DECK IS CRAIG NASER.

UH, GOOD AFTERNOON.

UH, THANK YOU FOR, FOR HAVING US HERE AGAIN ON THIS IMPORTANT CASE.

BEN HALLMARK.

I REPRESENT, UH, TEXAS INDUSTRIAL ENERGY CONSUMERS IN THE RATE CASE.

UM, I WANTED TO, TO FOLLOW UP ON A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS.

UH, FROM FROM LAST WEEK, I, I HEARD ON THE, THE REVENUE REQUIREMENT, UM, ONE OF THE ISSUES THAT THE IE ACTUALLY FLAGGED IN, IN HIS REPORT WAS THE QUESTION, UH, THAT WE HAD RAISED ABOUT WHETHER THERE NEEDS TO BE A SPECIFIC ADJUSTMENT FOR WINTER STORM YURI OUTAGES DURING THE TEST YEAR.

THAT WAS SOMETHING THAT THE IE WAS CONCERNED THAT AUSTIN ENERGY HADN'T DEMONSTRATED THAT, UH, THEY HAD ADEQUATELY ACCOUNTED FOR.

UM, AND AS A RESULT OF THAT, AND THIS IS SOMETHING THAT I THINK IS, IS DIFFERENT THAN THE WAY THE PUC PROCESS WORKS IN, IN AUSTIN ENERGY'S EXCEPTIONS, WHICH THEY FILED AFTER THE HEARING, AFTER THE REPORT COMES OUT, THEY PUT SOME NEW NUMBERS IN THERE THAT, THAT TRIED TO GET TO THIS ISSUE AND, AND IN THEIR VIEWS SHOW THAT THEY DIDN'T NEED TO MAKE AN ADJUSTMENT FOR WINTER STORM YU.

BUT I WANNA FLAG FOR YOU THAT THOSE NUMBERS WERE NOT PART OF THE HEARING PROCESS.

WE WERE NOT ABLE TO DO DISCOVERY ON THEM.

WE HAVE NOT VETTED THEM, AND FRANKLY, WE STILL HAVE CONCERNS.

IN PARTICULAR, IF YOU LOOK AT HOW USAGE DURING THE TEST YEAR ON A PER CUSTOMER BASIS, BOTH FOR RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMERS AND COMMERCIAL INDUSTRIAL CUSTOMERS, IT, IT WAS LOWER THAN IN PRIOR YEARS.

AND, AND THE CONCLUSION THAT OUR EXPERT CAME TO WAS THAT THIS IS BECAUSE OF WINTER STORM YEARY AND, AND THIS IS SOMETHING THAT CAUSES THE, UH, REVENUE REQUIREMENT TO BE OVERSTATED.

SO I, I WANTED TO FLAG THAT ISSUE, UH, BECAUSE IT'S SOMETHING THAT SORT OF HA HAS PLAYED OUT AS THIS PROCESS HAS CONTINUED TO GO ON.

I ALSO JUST WANTED TO SPEND A COUPLE OF QUICK MINUTES ON A COUPLE OF THE SPECIFIC PROPOSALS IN THE, UH, JOINT CONSUMER ALTERNATIVE WHERE YOU MAY BE WONDERING WHAT ARE THOSE, UH, ITEMS, WHERE DO THEY COME FROM? UH, ONE OF THEM WAS THE RECOMMENDATION THAT, UH, AUSTIN ENERGY DEVELOP A PRIMARY SUBSTATION RATE FOR ITS NEXT CASE.

UH, THIS IS THE ISSUE WHERE THE IE AGREED WITH OUR POSITION THAT THE PRIMARY SUBSTATION RATE SHOULD BE IMPLEMENTED.

YOU KNOW, HIS POSITION WAS NOT AND DO IT IN FIVE YEARS, BUT AS PART OF THIS JOINT CONSUMER, UH, PROPOSAL, WE ARE WILLING TO DEFER THAT, UH, IT ASSUMING THAT, THAT THE COST ALLOCATION TO CLASSES IS CONSISTENT WITH, WITH WHAT IS IN THAT JOINT CONSUMER ALTERNATIVE.

UH, THERE'S ALSO A TERM ABOUT AUSTIN ENERGY WORKING WITH CUSTOMERS, UH, LARGE PRIMARY CUSTOMERS TO TRANSITION TO TRANSMISSION SERVICE IF, UH, FACILITIES CAN BE PURCHASED AND NEGOTIATIONS CAN TAKE PLACE.

THAT'S SOMETHING THAT AUSTIN ENERGY SAID IN THEIR EXCEPTIONS, THAT THEY WERE WILLING TO WORK WITH, UH, CUSTOMERS TO DO.

SO I'M HOPING THAT THAT TERM WOULD BE UNCONTROVERSIAL.

UM, AND LASTLY, THERE WAS A TERM ON LINE LOSSES.

LINE LOSSES REPRESENT THE FACT THAT AS YOU GENERATE ELECTRICITY AND TRANSMIT IT ALL THE WAY TO THE END USER, SOME OF IT IS LOST.

SO THIS IS JUST SOMETHING THE IHE FLAGGED AS WELL.

AND AGAIN, WE'RE JUST SAYING LET'S DEFER TO THE NEXT RATE CASE AND WE'LL CERTAINLY WORK WITH AUSTIN ENERGY TO WORK ON THAT PROCESS.

SO UNLESS THERE'S ANY QUESTIONS, I'LL SIT DOWN.

THANK YOU.

CRAIG NASSER, UM, ON DECK IS RAPHAEL SCHWARTZ.

HELLO, MY NAME IS CRAIG NASSER.

I AM THE CONSERVATION CHAIR OF THE STATE CHAPTER OF SIERRA CLUB.

AND I JUST WANNA SAY THAT, UH, I KNOW THIS IS A VERY COMPLICATED ISSUE.

UH, AND I KNOW THERE'S A LOT OF PEOPLE PUSHING EVERYTHING.

EITHER WAY.

I AM SPEAKING FROM MY POINT OF VIEW, WHICH IS, AND THE SIERRA CLUB'S POINT OF VIEW, WHICH IS THAT CLIMATE CHANGE IS A REALLY BIG ISSUE AND IT'S A LONG-TERM ISSUE.

I KNOW THERE'S A LOT OF ISSUES,

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BUT IT'S A LONG TERM ISSUE.

UH, UH, WINTER STORM UY WAS TERRIBLE.

WE ALL KNOW THAT THAT'S A RESULT OF CLIMATE CHANGE.

I GOT A SUDDEN WINDFALL INHERITANCE FROM A SECOND COUSIN I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW EXISTED.

AND SO WHAT I DECIDED TO DO, THAT INHERITANCE IS BY SOLAR CELLS FOR THE TOP OF MY HOME.

UH, IF I HAD INVESTED THIS MONEY IN, IN, UH, EXXON MOBILE, I WOULD'VE DOUBLE IT MORE THAN DOUBLED IT IN THE TIME BETWEEN WHEN I GOT THE MONEY AND NOW, BUT I DIDN'T.

I PUT THE MAXIMUM NUMBER OF SOLAR SALES ON THE TOP OF MY HOME, AND I PAID THIS SUMMER $10 A MONTH IN JUNE, JULY, AND AUGUST FOR ELECTRICITY.

THAT'S EYE-OPENING.

NOT ONLY THAT, BUT BECAUSE I PUT THE MAXIMUM NUMBER IN, I KEPT THE GRID, DID MY SHARE TO KEEP THE GRID FROM COLLAPSING.

OKAY? IF YOU RAISE THAT BASE RATE TOO MUCH, NOT ONLY IS IT EQUITABLE FOR PEOPLE WHO DON'T MAKE MUCH MONEY AT ALL, I'M, I'M A LITTLE BETTER OFF THAN THAT.

I'M RETIRED, BUT YOU ALSO MAKE THE PEOPLE WHO ARE TRYING TO DO THE RIGHT THING, YOU MAKE IT A LITTLE HARDER.

I'VE TALKED TO ALL MY NEIGHBORS ABOUT THIS, AND THEY'RE VERY SURPRISED AT HOW MUCH MONEY YOU SAY, BUT IT'S VERY HARD TO GET 'EM TO PUT THE INVESTMENT AND UP FRONT WHERE THEY CAN BUY SHARES OF EXXON MOBIL AND DOUBLE THEIR MONEY, OKAY? SO THAT'S ONE POINT.

AND THE OTHER POINT IS WHERE WHEN YOU MAKE, UH, THE, UM, UH, UH, THAT LINE TOO STEEP, TOO SHALLOW ABOUT WITH THE, WITH THE RATE, UH, SEGMENTS, UH, THAT DECREASES PEOPLE'S, UH, INCENTIVE TO SAVE ENERGY.

NOW, I KNOW THERE'S A LOT MORE TO THIS THAN WHAT I'M SAYING, BUT YOU GOTTA JUST THINK ABOUT THIS.

WE HAVE SAMSUNG UP THERE.

SAMSUNG USES A LOT OF ENERGY, AND THEY HAVE A HUGE CAMPUS.

THEY HAVE A LOT OF ROOF AREAS.

HOW MANY SOLAR CELLS ARE ON THOSE ROOFS? I HAVEN'T HEARD OF ANY.

I'D LIKE TO KNOW.

WHEN YOU GO LOOK AT SAMSUNG, YOU LOOK AT THEIR ONLINE PRESENCE, THEY TALK ABOUT HOW MUCH CO2 THEY'RE SAVING BY MAKING CHIPS, BY DOING THIS, BY DOING THAT.

UH, BUT WHERE IS THE INCENTIVE FOR OUR 10 LARGEST ELECTRIC USERS TO SAVE ANY ENERGY AT ALL? YOU KNOW, I JUST, I, I, YOU GOTTA THINK LONG TERM ON THIS.

UH, I DON'T KNOW HOW IT'S GOING TO BE DONE, BUT I THINK IT NEEDS TO BE THOUGHT OF THAT WAY.

SO ANYWAY, THOSE ARE SOME POINTS.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

RAPHAEL SCHWARTZ ON DECK IS WILSON STRING.

WILSON STRAIN.

HELLO, MY NAME IS WILSON STRAIN, AND I WOULDN'T HOPEFULLY LIKE TO PROVIDE SOME CONTEXT ON HOW THESE RATE CHANGES WILL AFFECT THE LARGEST MAJORITY OF OUR POPULATION, THE WORKING CLASS PEOPLE OF AUSTIN.

DURING A YEAR OF RECORD HIGH INFLATION, AUSTIN ENERGY WANTS TO MASSIVELY INCREASE THEIR RATES FOR THEIR POOREST CUSTOMERS AS IF THIS COMPANY IS SOMEHOW IN NEED, AS IF AUSTIN ENERGY IS THE ONE STRUGGLING RIGHT NOW.

IN FACT, WE KNOW AUSTIN ENERGY ISN'T STRUGGLING AT ALL.

WE KNOW THIS BECAUSE THE RESIDENTS WHO USE THE MOST ENERGY WOULD ACTUALLY SEE A 25% DECREASE ON THEIR BILL THANKS TO THIS PROPOSAL.

AUSTIN ENERGY WOULD ACTUALLY PREFER IT IF PEOPLE WASTE ENERGY.

THEY ARE INCENTIVIZING IT WITH THIS PROPOSAL.

I GUESS THE MORE EMPTY ROOMS WITH THE LIGHTS TURNED ON, THE BETTER.

THIS IS CLEARLY A DIRECT ATTACK ON THE WORKING CLASS, STEALING FROM THE MOST VULNERABLE AMONG US.

SO THE RICH CAN BE EVEN RICHER.

WORKING CLASS PEOPLE SHOULD NOT HAVE THIS HEAVY BURDEN THRUST UPON THEM WHEN THEY'RE ALREADY DEALING WITH SO MUCH PEOPLE.

FAMILIES WILL LOSE THEIR HOMES BECAUSE OF THESE PROPOSED RATE INCREASES.

AND AUSTIN ENERGY COULD NOT CARE LESS.

AUSTIN ENERGY SAYS THEY'RE CUSTOMER DRIVEN, COMMUNITY FOCUSED.

WHAT A JOKE.

MAYBE THEY'RE DRIVEN BY SOME OF THEIR CUSTOMERS, THE ULTRA WEALTHY ONES, BUT WHAT COMMUNITY ARE THEY FOCUSED ON? EXACTLY.

BECAUSE I DON'T KNOW OF A SINGLE WORKING AUSTINITE THAT WOULD POSSIBLY SUPPORT THIS.

WE SHOULD BE HONEST AND FACE THE FACTS.

AUSTIN ENERGY HAS A ONE TRACK MIND AND THEY HAVE ZERO CONCERN FOR THE WELLBEING OF AUSTIN'S WORKING CLASS PEOPLE.

IT'S SIMPLE.

AUSTIN ENERGY IS PROFIT DRIVEN, PROFIT FOCUSED.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

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BRIANNA GRIFFITH ON DECK IS PRESTON MANIS.

MY NAME'S BRIE.

I'M REPRESENTING THE PARTY FOR SOS AND LIBERATION AS WELL AS, UH, THE MANY HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE WHO WE HAVE TALKED TO ABOUT THIS PROPOSAL.

MANY OF WHOM, MOST OF WHOM IN FACT KNEW NOTHING ABOUT IT.

SO AUSTIN ENERGY WANTS TO RAISE THEIR RATES OVER 50% ON THE POOREST RESIDENTS, AND THEY HAVE THE AUDACITY TO CALL THIS FAIR AND EQUITABLE.

AUSTINITES ARE STRUGGLING RENT AND FOOD PRICES ARE SKYROCKETING, PEOPLE ARE LIVING PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK.

AND NOW AUSTIN ENERGY PLANS TO ADD HUNDREDS OF EXTRA DOLLARS PER YEAR TO OUR BILLS.

THIS IS GOING TO BE THE STRAW THAT BREAKS THE CAMEL'S BACK FOR COUNTLESS PEOPLE IN THIS CITY.

SO LET ME ASK AUSTIN ENERGY AND ANYONE WHO SUPPORTS THIS PROPOSAL, THIS, ARE YOU PREPARED TO GO OUT TO THOSE PEOPLE WHO ARE FINANCIALLY RUINED BY THIS? WHO ARE BANKRUPTED, WHO ARE EVICTED, WHO HAVE TO CHOOSE BETWEEN KEEPING THE LIGHTS ON AND FEEDING THEIR FAMILIES ALREADY? UM, AND ARE YOU PREPARED TO TELL PEOPLE THAT THEY DO THEIR FACES THAT ISN'T FAIR AND EQUITABLE PROPOSAL, THAT THEY PAY MORE WHILE CORPORATIONS AND THE RICH PAY LESS? THIS RATE HIKE IS NOT A NEUTRAL LIKE NUMBER.

SHIFTING AROUND THIS RATE HIKE IS CLASS WARFARE.

IT'S A DIRECT ASSAULT ON US.

WE DEMAND THAT CITY COUNCIL REJECT IT.

WE DEMAND NO NEW RATE HIKES ON THE POOR.

IF THE MONEY HAS TO COME FROM SOMEWHERE, IT SHOULD COME FROM THE, THE RICHEST 1%, THE TOP 1% WHO ARE CURRENTLY GONNA SEE A 25% DECREASE.

AND IT SHOULD COME FROM WEALTHY CORPORATIONS, NOT FROM US.

SHAME ON AUSTIN ENERGY FOR EVEN BRINGING THIS PROPOSAL FORWARD AND SHAME ON ANYONE WHO VOTES THIS FORWARD.

THE OTHER THING IS, UM, I WAS, UH, AT THE, UH, EUC, UH, MEETING LAST NIGHT.

AND ONE OF THE THINGS THE ELECTRIC UTILITY COMMISSION WAS DETERMINING AND COULD NOT COME TO AN AGREEMENT ON WHILE I WAS THERE, UM, WAS HOW MUCH MONEY EVEN NEEDS TO BE RAISED.

SO THEY'RE RAISED, THEY'RE PROPOSING THESE RATE HIKES, AND THE TRUTH IS WE HAVE NO IDEA HOW MUCH AUSTIN ENERGY EVEN TRULY NEEDS.

THEY'RE CLAIMING MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF DOLLARS MORE THAN WHAT THE INDEPENDENT CONSUMER ADVOCATE FOUND.

SO HOW IS IT THAT IN JUST TWO WEEKS, WE MAY BE RAISING RATES EXTRAORDINARILY ON PEOPLE WHEN WE DON'T EVEN KNOW HOW MUCH, YOU KNOW, ALLEGEDLY THAT AUSTIN ENERGY IS TRYING TO RAISE FROM THOSE WHO CAN LEAST AFFORD IT.

SO WE ASK NO NEW RATE HIKES ON THE POOR.

THANK YOU.

PRESTON.

MANUS ON DECK IS ROY WALEY.

YEAH, FOLKS, MY NAME IS PRESTON MENIS.

I LIVE AND WORK IN DISTRICT 10 HOPE A COUNCIL MEMBER KELLY GETS BETTER SOON.

THE FIRST JOB IS GRAVEYARD SHIFT AT AMAZON WAREHOUSE.

THE SECOND JOB IS DOOR DASHING.

THE CONTEXT IS I DON'T MAKE A TON OF MONEY.

I'M ONE OF THOSE FOLKS THAT WAS PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK.

AUSTIN ENERGY'S ABSURD BASE RATE REVIEW PROPOSAL WILL PUNISH THOSE THAT CAN SERVE ENERGY WHILE REWARDING THOSE WHO WASTE IT.

REVERSING DECADES OF PROGRESS AND INCENTIVIZING ENERGY CONSERVATION, IT WILL HIT THE WORKING CLASS HARDEST WHILE GIVING PRICE BREAKS TO COMMERCIAL ENERGY USERS.

THIS PROPOSAL IS A BLATANT AND UNJUSTIFIABLE CASH GRAB AND AN ACT OF CLASS WARFARE.

IT IS OFFENSIVE THAT A SO-CALLED MUNICIPAL UTILITY COMPANY THAT SUPPOSEDLY OWNED AND OPERATED FOR OUR COLLECTIVE BENEFIT RATHER THAN FOR PRIVATE PROFIT WOULD PRODUCE A PROPOSAL.

SO WILDLY ANTI WORKER AUSTIN ENERGY'S RIDICULOUS COST COST STATION BASIS FOR CHOOSING TO BUILD RESIDENTIAL RATE PAYERS WHILE GIVING COMMERCIAL RATE PAYERS A BREAK.

IS THAT A STRAIGHTFORWARD, AN EXAMPLE OF AN APPLES TO ORANGES COMPARISON? AS ONE CAN FIND THIS FATALLY FLAWED JUSTIFICATION SHOULD NEVER HAVE MADE IT OUT OF THE FIRST DRAFT, MUCH LESS ENDED UP AS A FINAL PROPOSAL.

THE RESIDENTIAL WORKING CLASS HAS FAR SHALLOWER POCKETS AND FAR FEWER OPTIONS FOR WEATHERING RATE LAND INCREASES THAN THE COMMERCIAL RULING CLASS DOES.

AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL SHOULD REJECT THIS PROPOSAL AND ADOPT THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE INDEPENDENT CONSUMER ADVOCATE.

THANK YOU.

ROY WALEY ON DECK IS DAVE CORTEZ CLERK.

HOW MANY, UH, SPEAKERS DO WE HAVE AFTER THESE TWO? UM, FIVE.

OKAY, THANK YOU.

ARE ROY WALEY OR DAVE CORTEZ HERE? OKAY, MOVING ON.

SHANE JOHNSON ON DECK IS MIRA JOHNSON.

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YEAH, UH, GO AHEAD.

UH, GOOD AFTERNOON COUNSEL.

UM, SHANE JOHNSON.

YOU SEE HIM PRONOUNS.

I AM A DISTRICT SEVEN RESIDENT.

MY PARENTS ARE DISTRICT SEVEN RESIDENTS FOR ABOUT 13 YEARS NOW.

UM, I'M HONESTLY STRUGGLING HERE FOR A SECOND BECAUSE, UM, THERE WAS A TYPO ON THE CITY WEBSITE THAT SAID REGISTRATION CLOSED AT ONE 15 TODAY AND NOW 1215.

WHEN I CAME HERE, THERE WERE AT LEAST FIVE OR SIX PEOPLE IN LINE TO REGISTER WHO COULDN'T REGISTER FROM THE PUBLIC.

THERE WERE THREE OR FOUR MORE PEOPLE I PERSONALLY KNEW WHO, UH, WERE HOPING TO REGISTER ON TIME, AND I HAD TO TELL THEM, DON'T BOTHER.

AND THAT'S SHAMBOLIC.

THIS QUOTE UNQUOTE, PUBLIC HEARING TODAY IS A SHAM.

FIRST AND FOREMOST, I'M PRETTY LIVID.

I I'LL TRY NOT TO LET THAT COLOR MY COMMENTS TOO MUCH.

THIS IS SHAMBOLIC AND SHOULD NOT HAVE, HAVE COME TO PASS.

AND IF IT WERE POSSIBLE, YOU SHOULD TAKE A VOTE OR SOMETHING TO, TO REOPEN REGISTRATION.

I DON'T KNOW IF YOU CAN DO THAT, BUT THAT'S WHAT YOU SHOULD DO.

I ALSO KNOW THAT RAPHAEL AND DAVE ARE BOTH ON THE, UH, SHORTS AND DAVE CORTEZ ARE BOTH ON THEIR WAY HERE.

UM, YOU KNOW, IT'S WHEN, UH, PEOPLE AREN'T ALLOWED TO REGISTER AND, UM, MANY PEOPLE AREN'T ABLE TO COME SPEAK IT IF THINGS GO QUICKER AND PEOPLE WITH CHILDCARE, ET CETERA CAN'T MAKE IT HERE, PARTICULARLY ON A WORKDAY, UH, AT 1:00 PM IT'S ALSO SHAMEFUL THAT, UM, THIS PUBLIC HEARING WAS ALLOWED TO BE SCHEDULED SO EARLY IN THE DAY.

UM, I'LL PIVOT OVER.

I HAVE ABOUT A MINUTE AND A HALF TO TALKING POINTS ON THE OS ENERGY BASE RATE.

UH, INCREASE THE RATE HIKE AGAIN, SHAMBOLIC SHAMEFUL, UH, EARLIER SPEAKERS I JUST HEARD PUT IT BETTER THAN I AM.

UM, BUT THE COST OF LIVING IS SKYROCKETING.

RENT HAS DOUBLED OVER, UH, THE YEAR LAST YEAR.

UH, ACCORDING TO SOME METRICS, WORKING FAMILIES ARE STRUGGLING TO PAY BILLS AND CANNOT, SOME CANNOT AFFORD THE $15 A MONTH PSA INCREASE.

THEY CAN'T POSSIBLY AFFORD ANOTHER $200 A YEAR ROUGHLY INCREASE.

UM, AND IT WOULD BE EQUALLY, UH, DISTURBING FRANKLY FOR THE CITY COUNCIL TO IGNORE THE, UM, INDEPENDENT CONSUMER ADVOCATES RECOMMENDATIONS OR, UM, IMPLICATIONS THAT AUSTIN ENERGY NEEDS ROUGHLY JUST SLIGHTLY OVER ONE FIFTH OF THE REVENUE INCREASE THAT THEY'RE CLAIMING TO NEED.

UM, I THINK THIS REALLY, THIS IS GONNA DEMONSTRATE HOW FAR, UH, THIS CITY COUNCIL HAS OPENLY SHIFTED AWAY FROM YOUR SUPPOSED EQUITY VALUES OR NOT.

UM, THE SHAMBOLIC PUBLIC HEARING TODAY IS CLEARLY ANTI-DEMOCRATIC, SMALL DE DEMOCRATIC, AND ANTI ALL THE CITY'S SUPPOSED EQUITY VALUES.

SO I REALLY HOPE YOU ALL CAN LEARN FROM THIS AND, UH, NOT VOTE FOR ANYTHING HIGHER THAN A $2, UH, RATE INCREASE.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME, CLARK.

WERE YOU AWARE OF THE, THE TIMING ISSUE FOR A SIGNUP? NO, I'M LOOKING AT THE SIGNUP SHEET NOW AND IT SAYS 1215 AND IT WAS LAST UPDATED ON THE NINTH OF THIS MONTH.

OKAY.

I HAVE IT OPEN IN A TAB RIGHT NOW THAT SAYS ONE, SO I DUNNO, IT'S THE, THE FORMAT LINKS TO, BUT THEN HAS A LINK TO THE SPEAKER REGISTRATION ON THE, OKAY.

WELL, HOW MANY, HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE HERE WHO WERE HERE BEFORE ONE 15 THAT WANTED TO SPEAK THAT WERE NOT ABLE TO SIGN UP? OKAY.

UM, DOES ANYONE HAVE AN OBJECTION IF, SINCE THIS WAS SUPPOSED TO BE A HEARING ON AUSTIN ENERGY, UM, WE WILL LET YOU SPEAK.

WE WILL PROBABLY TAKE YOU UP THOUGH AFTER WE FINISH ZONING SO THAT THE ZONING FOLKS CAN, CAN GO.

UM, BUT THAT'LL BE BEFORE WE TAKE UP THE ITEM.

UM, I DON'T, I DON'T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED, BUT THIS, THIS WAS DESIGNED TO BE A HEARING, SO WE'LL HEAR, WE'LL HEAR PEOPLE OUT.

UM, AND THEN IF MR. CORTEZ AND MR. WALEY ARRIVE, UM, WE WILL ALLOW 'EM TO SPEAK AS WELL.

UM, I THINK WE CAN TAKE MAYBE ONE MORE RIGHT NOW.

SURE.

UM, WE HAVE IS MIRA JOHNSON HERE , IF NOT PAUL ROBBINS

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COUNSEL? UH, I DO HAVE A PRESENTATION TO MAKE, BUT I'M GONNA SPEAK EXTEMPORANEOUSLY FOR MOST OF MY SPEECH.

UH, IF THERE'S ANY TIME LEFT OVER, I'LL GO INTO THE PRESENTATION.

UH, THERE'S THREE THINGS THAT I WOULD LIKE TO CONVEY, UH, URGENTLY.

FIRST I'D LIKE YOU TO CONSIDER REARRANGING THE PROCESS.

YOU'RE GONNA HAVE A SECOND HEARING ON DECEMBER 1ST AND MAYBE A VOTE.

I WOULD LIKE YOU TO CONSIDER HAVING A VOTE THE WEEK AFTER DECEMBER 1ST.

UH, I DON'T KNOW THAT THERE'S ANY HURRY.

UH, SECOND, I'D LIKE YOU TO CONSIDER THE POSSIBILITY OF HAVING A SMALL RATE INCREASE.

UH, AS AN INTERIM.

THERE'S, AS YOU KNOW, A BIG GAP BETWEEN THE TWO SIDES IS TO HOW MUCH IS NEEDED INCREASE.

AND IF IT DOESN'T WORK, THEN COME BACK FOR A LARGER ONE BACK IN THE DAY.

AND THERE I'VE BEEN THROUGH A LOT OF DAYS, IT WAS VERY COMMON TO HAVE A RATE INCREASE EVERY ONE TO TWO YEARS.

UH, I DON'T THINK THAT'S OUTLANDISH.

AND THIRD, UH, AT THE WORK SESSION, IT WAS, UM, WAS, UH, ALMOST LECTURED TO ME THAT TO US THAT WE ALL THE PARTIES NEED TO COMPROMISE.

I'M HERE TO TELL YOU THAT I HAVE BEEN TO THREE OF THE FOUR SETTLEMENT HEARINGS AND THEY HAVE BEEN A COLOSSAL WASTE OF TIME.

UH, YOU COULD WRITE A COMEDY ABOUT HOW UNCOOPERATIVE THE UTILITY HAS BEEN.

UH, TO GIVE YOU AN EXAMPLE, UH, UM, FRIDAY WAS A HOLIDAY, YET THAT'S WHEN WE RECEIVED NOTICE OF A SETTLEMENT MEETING MONDAY.

SO SOMEONE WHO WAS OUT ON A HOLIDAY WOULDN'T FIND OUT TILL EIGHT IN THE MORNING ON MONDAY THAT THERE WAS A SETTLEMENT.

UH, OF COURSE THEY DIDN'T MISS MUCH.

UH, IN THE BRIEF AMOUNT OF TIME I HAVE LEFT, UH, THERE'S ONE SLIDE I WANT TO SHOW YOU.

UH, THIS IS FROM A SPREADSHEET THAT I HAVE EMAILED YOU AND I'M GONNA HAND YOU AGAIN WHEN THIS IS OVER, ABOUT VARIOUS STRATEGIES THAT THE INTERVENERS HAVE COME UP TO DIMINISH THE NEED OR ELIMINATE THE NEED FOR A RATE INCREASE.

I WOULD LIKE TO ENCOURAGE COUNCIL TO GO THROUGH THIS LINE BY LINE AND COME UP WITH SAVINGS.

UH, YOU COULD HAVE THE, THE AUSTIN ENERGY ON ONE SIDE WHO WILL ARGUE AGAINST ALMOST EVERYTHING AND THE ADVOCATES ON THE OTHER.

AND YOU CAN MAKE A FAIR DETERMINATION AS TO HOW SALIENT, HOW, UH, GOOD THESE RECOMMENDATIONS ARE.

SOME CAN BE DONE QUICKLY LIKE THE, UH, TOWN LAKE CENTER SALE.

WE KNOW THAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN.

WE KNOW THAT'S A BURDEN IN THE HAND.

OTHER THINGS LIKE, UH, BIOMASS PLANT RESTRUCTURING, UH, OF DEBT THAT MAY TAKE A FEW MONTHS, BUT ALL OF THESE THINGS COULD BE WEIGHED, UH, FOR VALUE.

I APPRECIATE YOUR TIME AND UH, THANK YOU FOR LETTING THESE OTHER SPEAKERS, UH, BREAK IN.

THANK YOU.

UM, IF YOU ARE ONE OF THOSE SPEAKERS WHO CAME IN LATE, IF YOU CAN MAKE SURE THAT YOU TALKED TO THE CLERK, IF I DIDN'T SAY THAT BEFORE, UM, THAT WOULD BE HELPFUL.

UM,

[31. Authorize an amendment to a contract with Motorola Solutions Inc. to provide support hosting services and related adjuncts and interfaces for the existing Customer Service Request System utilized by Austin 3-1-1 Citywide Information Center, to increase the amount by $2,500,000 and to extend the term by up to five years, for a revised total contract amount not to exceed $5,000,000. ]

COLLEAGUES, I'M GONNA SEE IF WE ARE READY TO MAKE A MOTION ON 31 SO WE CAN LET THAT THOSE STAFF GO.

WE JUST WANTED TO CLARIFY.

THANK YOU MAYOR AND COUNCIL MEMBERS ORLANDO FERNANDEZ WILL JUST CLARIFY THE TERM OF THE CONTRACT.

GOOD AFTERNOON COUNSEL.

THIS IS ROLANDA FERNANDEZ WITH FINANCIAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT CAPITAL CONTRACTING ON AUSTIN ENERGY PROCUREMENT.

I JUST WANTED TO CLARIFY IN THE TERM OF THE CONTRACT, UH, IT IS A THREE YEAR BASED TERM WITH THE ONE YEAR TWO, UM, ONE TWO YEAR TERM OPTION FOR RENEWAL.

UH, COUNCIL MEMBER FUENTES, IF WE CAN, UH, RECOMMEND TO YOU TO, UH, UH, KEEP IT AS A THREE, UH, YEAR TERM AND AS WE WORK WITH AUSTIN ENERGY TO, UH, LOOK AT AND RESPOND TO AND INCORPORATE YOUR FEEDBACK AND YOUR DIRECTION ON THE COUNCIL RESOLUTION.

UM, THAT WE MUCH APPRECIATE IT.

MY CONCERN WITH THE TIMING OF IT IS HAVING TO GO BACK WITH MOTOROLA TO NEGOTIATE, UM, A CHANGE FROM THE CURRENT RECOMMENDATION OF THE CONS, UH, CONTRACT AWARD TO, UM, TO A ONE YEAR TERM.

UM, AND, UH, KNOWING THAT THE CONTRACT EXPIRES, THE CURRENT CONTRACT EXPIRES ON DECEMBER 31ST, UM, WOULD BE FACING SOME CHALLENGES.

WE NEGOTIATING PRICING AND THE LIMITS OF LIABILITY.

SO OUR RECOMMENDATION COUNCIL MEMBER PUENTES IS, IS

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TO, UH, KEEP THE CONTRACT FOR THE BASE THREE YEAR TERM COUNCIL MEMBER FUENTES MOVES PASSAGE OF 31 AS INDICATED, UM, BY OUR STAFF COUNCIL MEMBER HARPER MADISON.

SECONDS THAT ALL THOSE IN FAVOR? OKAY.

OKAY.

SORRY.

YES.

THANK YOU FOR, FOR CLARIFYING THAT.

I DID REVIEW THE RCA AND IT DOES HAVE IT AS A FIVE YEAR EXTENSION, SO I'M GLAD TO HAVE IT ON THE RECORD THAT THIS WOULD BE A THREE YEAR EXTENSION.

AND, YOU KNOW, WE ARE A TECH CITY AND OUR APP SHOULD REFLECT THE INNOVATION AND THE LEVEL OF, UH, OF SERVICE THAT WE HAVE AS A CITY.

AND I KNOW ME AND MY TEAM SPENT TIME LOOKING AT OTHER CITIES THROUGH ONE ONE APPS, LOS ANGELES CITY, AS WELL AS NEW YORK CITY.

BOTH HAVE REALLY GOOD EXAMPLES AND I THINK, UM, OUR MODEL AND HOW WE SHOULD BE STRUCTURING THE WAY WE PROVIDE SERVICES TO OUR COMMUNITY AND HOW OUR COMMUNITY CAN ENGAGE WITH US THROUGH THIS APP SERVICE.

UM, SO JUST WANNA IMPRESS UPON, UM, YOU KNOW, OUR TEAM HERE, HOW IMPORTANT IT IS FOR US TO, TO ALWAYS BE INNOVATING AND THINKING THROUGH WAYS THAT WE CAN DELIVER SERVICES EFFICIENTLY AND EFFECTIVELY.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

ANY OTHER COMMENTS? OKAY, ALL THOSE IN FAVOR? SO WE HAVE 1, 2, 3, SO WE'VE, UH, EIGHT TO ZERO WITH COUNCIL MEMBER RENTERIA OFF THE DIAS AND MAYOR ADLER AND COUNCIL MEMBER KELLY, ABSENT.

THANK YOU.

UM, SO WE'RE NOW GOING TO HEAR, WE'RE GONNA MOVE

[Zoning and Neighborhood Plan Amendments (Public Hearings and Possible Action)]

TO ZONING.

UM, WE HAVE, I BELIEVE ONE SPEAKER SIGNED UP TO SPEAK IN PERSON, UM, AND ONE TO SPEAK REMOTELY.

AND WE HAVE ONE APPLICANT SPEAKING REMOTELY IF NECESSARY.

UM, EACH SPEAKER'S GONNA HAVE THREE MINUTES.

UM, AND THE APPLICANT WILL HAVE FIVE MINUTES IF THEY WANT TO PRESENT.

UM, MS. HARDEN, IF YOU WANT TO TAKE US THROUGH OUR POST MOMENTS.

YES.

THANK YOU MAYOR PRO TIM AND COUNCIL JOY HARDEN WITH THE HOUSING AND PLANNING DEPARTMENT.

YOUR POSTPONEMENT ITEM ARE FOLLOWS.

UM, ITEM NUMBER 53 IS NORTH IH 35.

THERE'S AN APPLICANT POSTPONEMENT TO YOUR DECEMBER 1ST COUNCIL MEETING.

ITEM NUMBER 54 IS YOUR WEST WILLIAM CANNON.

THERE'S A NEIGHBORHOOD POSTPONEMENT TO YOUR DECEMBER 1ST COUNCIL MEETING.

ITEM 57 IS SPICE WITH GRAINS STAFF POSTPONEMENT TO YOUR DECEMBER 1ST MEETING.

AND LASTLY, ITEM NUMBER 63, APPLICANT POSTPONEMENT TO YOUR DECEMBER 1ST COUNCIL MEETING.

THANK YOU.

IF THE CLERK CAN CALL THE SPEAKERS, PLEASE.

REMOTE FIRST.

I GUESS WE DON'T HAVE THE ONLINE SPEAKER.

SO THE IN-PERSON SPEAKER IS ROSSI HADAD ON ITEM 53 THAT'S BEING POSTPONED.

SO THEY MAY NOT, THEY NOT HAVE COME.

UM, IS THERE A PERSON ONLINE? NO, THEY HAVEN'T CALLED IN.

OKAY.

AND DID THE APPLICANT THAT WE HAD INFO ON WANNA SPEAK? OKAY.

IF NOT, THEN MS. HARDEN, IF YOU WANNA TAKE US THROUGH OUR CONSENT ZONING AGENDA, WHICH I HAVE IS 52 TO 57 AND 63 PLEASE.

CORRECT.

THANK YOU AGAIN, JOY HARDEN HOUSING AND PLANNING DEPARTMENT.

YOUR ZONING AGENDA BEGINS WITH ITEM NUMBER 52 C 1 4 20 22 0 0 89.

THIS ITEM'S OFFERED FOR CONSENT ON ALL THREE READINGS, UM, LATER IN THE AGENDA.

UM, IT HAS A RELATED NEIGHBORHOOD PLAN AMENDMENT, WHICH IS ITEM NUMBER 56.

ITEM NUMBER 53 IS C 1 4 20 20 0 1 43.

THERE'S AN APPLICANT POST MOMENT REQUEST TO YOUR DECEMBER 1ST COUNCIL MEETING.

ITEM NUMBER 54 IS C 1 4 20 21 0 1 61.

THERE'S A NEIGHBORHOOD POST MOMENT REQUEST TO YOUR DECEMBER 1ST COUNCIL MEETING.

ITEM 55 IS C 1 4 20 20 22 0 44.

WE CAN OFFER THIS ITEM FOR CONSENT, SECOND READING ONLY.

AND WE'LL BRING THIS BACK FOR THIRD READING AT YOUR DECEMBER 1ST COUNCIL MEETING.

ITEM NUMBER 56 IS MPA 20 22 0 0 2 8 0.01.

THIS WAS RELATED TO THE PREVIOUS ITEM NUMBER, PREVIOUS ZONING ITEM, WHICH WAS NUMBER 53 RELATED TO THE PREVIOUS ZONING ITEM, WHICH WAS NUMBER 52.

THIS IS BEING OFFERED FOR CONSENT ON ALL THREE READINGS.

ITEM 57 IS C 1 4 20 21 0 180 9.

THERE'S A STAFF POSTPONEMENT REQUEST TO YOUR DECEMBER 1ST COUNCIL MEETING.

AND WE HAVE THE ADDENDUM ITEM, WHICH IS NUMBER 63.

AND THAT IS C 1 4 20 22 0 0 49.

AND THERE'S AN APPLICANT POSTPONEMENT REQUEST TO YOUR DECEMBER 1ST COUNCIL MEETING.

THANK YOU, UM, COLLEAGUES, IS THERE ANY COMMENTS OR AMENDMENTS AT THIS POINT? OKAY, I WILL ENTERTAIN A MOTION MOTION, UH, FOR THE CONSENT AGENDA, WHICH IS ITEMS 52.

THE 57 AND 63 COUNCIL MEMBER POOL MAKES THAT MOTION SECONDED BY COUNCIL MEMBER

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ELLIS.

ALL THOSE IN FAVOR? OKAY, THAT IS SEVEN ZERO WITH COUNCIL MEMBER TOVO.

COUNCIL MEMBER RENTERIA OFF THE DIAS MAYOR ADLER AND COUNCIL MEMBER KELLY, ABSENT.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

[49. Conduct a public hearing and consider an ordinance adopting historic design standards and amending City Code Chapters 25-2 and 25-11 relating to historic landmarks and historic area combining districts.]

UM, WE ARE NOW GONNA TAKE UP ITEM 49, WHICH IS A PUBLIC HEARING CONSIDERATION OF AN ORDINANCE ADOPTING HISTORIC DESIGN STANDARDS, THUS WAS NOTICED FOR 2:00 PM AND COULD NOT BE TAKEN UP BEFORE.

NOW I THEN THAT'LL BE FOLLOWED BY OUR STAFF'S PRESENTATION ON ITEM 51.

UM, AFTER THOSE TWO ITEMS, WE WILL RETURN TO ITEM 50.